The Mutin- SOE clandestine sea transport.

After being acquired by SOE the ‘Mutin’ (Mutineer) was based in the Helford Estuary in Cornwall.  Its paintwork was aged and was disguised as a typical French tuner fishing boat. The all British crew who dressed as Breton fishermen were responsible for landing agents, arms and sabotage stores under the cover of darkness to remote coastal areas of southern France. The crew has been described as “rough, buccaneer types of men”.

More details in my forthcoming book SOE in France

Russian and Soviet Information Operations against the west

KGB Defector Yuri Bezmenov reveals Russian Subversion Tactics – Full Interview (2016)

 

KGB Spies Who Invented Fake News | NYT Opinion

 

How Disinformation Is Taking Over the World | NYT Opinion

Although this video concentrates on the USA narrative warfare continues to be misunderstood by many western nations including the UK along with its power as a socio-political and economic weapon which also supports kinetic warfare.

Narrative Warfare (MA Global Security)

More on the MA in global security: https://spgs.asu.edu/global-security-ma

Ajit Maan, a new professor of practice in the School of Politics and Global Studies and an affiliated faculty member with the Center on Future of War, was in Tempe this July to film a lecture for her first semester teaching online at Arizona State University. Maan is an internationally-recognized security and defense analysist and narrative strategist. In 1999, she published her breakthrough theory of Internarrative Identity. Then in 2014 Maan published, Counter-Terrorism: Narrative Strategies, which focuses on deconstructing dominant and coercive narratives and demonstrates how certain narrative structures lend themselves to manipulation and how the weaknesses of those structures can be exploited. Most recently, in 2017, she coined the term “Narrative Warfare” to refine what has been referred to as information wars and psychological warfare

The Coronavirus Disinformation System: Useful links

Russian pro-Kremlin media have mounted a “significant disinformation campaign” to aggravate the coronavirus pandemic crisis in western countries by destroying confidence in the emergency response, according to an internal EU report. 

The effort aims to stoke “confusion, panic and fear” and stop people obtaining good information about the contagion, as part of a broader strategy to “subvert European societies from within”, the European diplomatic service analysis says… Read more

https://www.ft.com/content/d65736da-684e-11ea-800d-da70cff6e4d3

EEAS SPECIAL REPORT: Disinformation on the CORONAVIRUS – Sort Assessment of the information environment

The Coronavirus Disinformation System: How It Works

Fighting disinformation fighting facts from fiction

https://ec.europa.eu/info/live-work-travel-eu/health/coronavirus-response/fighting-disinformation_en

Stemming the Tide of Global Disinformation

Council on Foreign Relations

Panellists discuss the extent of disinformation, its impact on democracy, and what can be done to prevent, mitigate, and stop its spread.

Although the panellists discuss threats against American democracy it is important to stress all democratic nations continue to be bombarded with disinformation from state and non-state players and disinformation is a serious global issue.

Speakers

Paul M. Barrett

Deputy Director, Center for Business and Human Rights, NYU Stern School of Business; Adjunct Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Amanda Bennett

Director, Voice of America

Richard Stengel

Former Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Author, Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation, and What We Can Do About It.

Presider

Nicholas Thompson, Editor in Chief, Wired Magazine

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) promotes itself as:  “an independent, nonpartisan membership organisation, think tank, and publisher.”

Social Media Disinformation (February 2020)

Facebook suspends disinformation accounts in Russia, Iran and Myanmar (February 2020)

Facebook announced it had removed dozens of fake accounts linked to a coordinated effort to manipulate people on social media. The company said it had uncovered disinformation campaigns in Russia, Iran and Myanmar. CNET senior producer Dan Patterson joins CBSN with details.

Chinese intelligence officer requesting political asylum in Australia exposes Communist espionage | 60 Minutes Australia (24 November 2019)

“A Chinese spy defects to Australia. His shocking revelations are guaranteed to infuriate Beijing.  How China conducts questionable activities around the world, including its attempts to infiltrate the Australian government.” (60 Minutes Australia)

Key points in this documentary:

  • Infiltrating Australia
  • Disinformation and subversion of democracy protesters in HK
  • Obtaining US intelligence
  • Unification of  Taiwan through political subversion
  • Cyber army and university students